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Langman to captain Magic

Published: 5:01AM Friday March 19, 2010 Source: ONE Sport

  • Laura Langman (Source: Photosport)
    Laura Langman - Source: Photosport

From a host of worthy candidates, dynamic midcourter Laura Langman has been chosen to captain the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic netball team for this year's ANZ Championship.

Coach Noeline Taurua said the time was right for the long-serving Langman, who has played for the Magic since first being selected as a schoolgirl in 2003.

Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams, shooters Irene van Dyk and Jodi Brown, Australian import Peta Scholz and Samoa captain Frances Solia are all a case in point of the strong leadership qualities present in the team.

"It's her time,'' Taurua said of the choice.

"Taking over the captaincy role is the last piece in the jigsaw puzzle to making Laura an outstanding player. She has the skill and the athletic factor and the captaincy will add the finishing touches to making her the complete player.''

Langman, 23, who has racked up 52 test caps and was co-captain of the Silver Ferns during their 2008 international campaign, was slightly taken aback by the appointment.

"It's really exciting and I'm looking forward to stepping up into that role but I also know that we are very fortunate to have a team full of leaders,'' she said.

"We're all pretty much leaders in our own right and do our own jobs accordingly, so pretty much I've just got to do the toss at the start of the game and get my times right for the warm-up and I'm pretty much done.''

Joking aside, Langman said she was proud to be chosen as captain of such a strong and well-respected franchise.

"There are a number of players who could have done the role and done it really well,'' she said.

"We're lucky we have such an experienced side and I think my role will be just making sure everyone is on the same page. Everyone is motivated and they're here to do a job so on that side of the coin it's not so difficult but I hope to be the glue that keeps everyone together.''

The Magic open their 2010 campaign against defending champions, the Vixens, in Melbourne on Monday night.